Round 2: Krka National Park. Plitvice was pretty, but I had heard good things about Krka. Krka is literally on the way back from Plitvice, right off the E65. So, I set out and took my time getting down there.
I left Plitvice without eating breakfast so it was serendipitous that I spotted a cheese stand at a cute little farm not far from where I was staying!
They were selling several varietals of cheese---I opted for the smoked cow cheese, 20 Kuna worth. (~$2.90 USD. Not bad!)
Started driving, and takin' hunks off the wedge. But, as delicious as it was, I couldn’t eat that much of it. At least it held me over until I could get to a real lunch spot and get some pizza, aka, more cheese.
Driving down, I had one of those emotional road trip moments, where you realize how beautiful the world is, and you just wish everyone could be with you in the moment to experience it. Croatia is a gorgeous country. I hesitate to compare it to one particular US state, because it feels like a combo of many.
I stopped on the side of the road a couple times. The Croatian countryside was lookin’ fine and I wanted to remember it.
Finally, got to Krka National Parks.
Right outside I saw signs for warthog crossing, and I wondered if I’d run into a bunch of Pumbas? No sight of ‘em---or smell of ‘em though.
Got my ticket to Krka and set out on the path. Another wooden trail, icy blue to emerald green crystal clear water and more small waterfalls EVERYWHERE.
Check out this barista-inspired river froth:
Krka is a bit smaller than Plitvice. Actually, it’s a lot smaller. BUT, pound for pound, it might be better because of the finale. The end of the trail is spectacular, and the end of the Plitvice trail felt a little anti-climactic.
Get this---in the summer, you can actually swim in the final falls area! Not in the fall though.
Did you know that I’m super lucky? I was born on 7-11-77, which is naturally lucky. Sometimes, this luck is dumb. Like when I was taking this video and a fish jumped out of the falls! Check out the 0:35 mark of the video to see a special moment.
This is me, proud of the fish I just caught.
In case you missed it, here is a close up:
One thing I learned in Igauzu Falls --- where there are waterfalls, there are rainbows. You just have to find the angles. Found ‘em.
And, be on the lookout, I was taking photos near this cement wall and realized I was hanging out with many insect friends that look like ladybugs but are not. They are "firebugs". Cuties.
It only took me about an hour to get through the Krka trails. They were gorgeous! Better angles than Plitvice. The sun wasn’t always blaring in the background.
If you ever make it to Croatia, and only have one National Park in you, I’d take in Krka. Plitvice is bigger, and has more variety, but Krka is a tighter package. The colors are stunning.
Next up---chasing waterfalls in Malaysia! Sunday is the day!